Does the Labour Party know about the Green’s proposal to socialise all health services?:
. . . Green Party health spokesman Kevin Hague said he would get rid of private healthcare altogether.
“I think that distorts the health sector completely and produces a two-tier system.” . . .
This not only shows the Green’s red roots, it also shows a woeful understanding of how the health sector works.
Medical specialists usually work in both public and private hospitals. The work they do in private hospitals, paid for by individuals or insurance companies, takes pressure off public services.
ACC also uses private specialists to get people back to work sooner than if they had to go on public waiting lists.
But private healthcare isn’t just medical specialists in private hospitals. It’s general practitioners, dentists, orthodontists, optometrists, physiotherapists, radiologists, laboratories . . .
Does Hague really think all these services should be publicly owned and funded?
The Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party included a no surprises clause.
Last week Metiria Turei announced the desire to slash the value of houses by 50%. This week Hague is planning to socialise all health services.
I suspect both came as a surprise to their would-be coalition partner.